Yes, we also offer certificates of the 2nd generation, but we deliberately do not offer them. Read on to find out why:

Certificates of the 1st generation are issued after manual examination of official documents of the certificate holder and reflect the holder in the certificate. Since the documents must first be checked manually and compared with the data in the certification application and the data in the WHOIS, the issue usually takes between 10 minutes and 3 working days.

Certificates of the 2nd generation are issued after automated checking by a telephone and/or e-mail robot and only reflect the domain of the certificate in the certificate. As the verification is automated by a robot, it is usually possible to issue the certificate in real time.

The issuing speed thus determines the terminology of the 1st or 2nd generation, but the fact that this is at the expense of trustworthiness is neglected. Actually, the trustworthy certification by a third party is the purpose of SSL certificates. A more meaningful distinction between easily and strongly validated certificates would even consider the generations exactly the other way round, i.e. the 2nd generation as a deterioration compared to the 1st generation.

We have therefore decided not to differentiate between certificate generations in our product table, but to make a neutral distinction between domain and identity certification. Further information can be found here.

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